No chocolate, labs: Easter treats dangerous for dogs
Published Thursday, 06 April, 2023 at 02:00 PM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
While dog owners are chowing down on Easter eggs and chocolate bilbies, it’s important for them to make sure they don’t fall into the paws of our furry friends.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said chocolate can be deadly for dogs, and while enjoying Easter festivities it’s important to keep the choccies out of reach of crafty canines.
Chocolate contains theobromine, which is perfectly safe for humans, but dangerous for dogs.
Smaller breeds are at a greater risk, but all breeds can experience restlessness, hyperactivity, trembling, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and seizures after consuming chocolate.
Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk or white chocolate, but even very small amounts of any type of chocolate can make dogs critically ill.
Carob is a safe alternative to chocolate for dogs.
Attributable to the Minister:
“Chocolate is delicious for humans but downright dangerous for dogs.
“Just before Easter is the perfect time for parents to remind young kids that it’s great to share chocolates with siblings – but not the family dog.
“Also make sure chocolate isn’t left somewhere your dog might be able to snatch it.
“If you think your dog has eaten chocolate you should seek immediate veterinary advice, it could save your pet’s life.”
Attributable to RSPCA Chief Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester:
“Theobromine can cause a range of problems in domestic animals because it triggers the release of adrenaline, which can lead to a greatly accelerated heart rate and an irregular heartbeat.
“Pets can vomit, suffer diarrhoea and excessive urination and become hyperactive. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and death.
“But they aren’t the only danger at Easter - hot cross buns (due to raisins and sultanas), onions, grapes, cooked bones, fatty barbeque leftovers and corn cobs, can all cause major implications for your pet’s health.”
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